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Event: 16 Days of Actions – For the women in my life

The Commonwealth and the NO MORE Foundation launched the ’16 Days of Actions: For the women in my life’ blog series on 25 November.

Running alongside the UN’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from 25 November to 10 December, the series is part of the Commonwealth Says NO MORE campaign, to help end violence against women and girls. 

The blogs highlight best practices from across the 54 member countries in tackling incidents of violence against women and girls, delivering support services to victims, and protecting survivors.

The series portrays multi-disciplinary national responses in addressing violence and supporting wider efforts to achieve gender equality.

Experts from the Secretariat author each blog, illustrating the novelty, scope and impact of good practices in place in member countries.

These practices build on the unique experience of the 54 member countries, representing one-third of humanity and embodying every culture, faith and socio-economic landscape.

This means a practice which has worked in one Commonwealth nation, can be replicated and scaled-up in other countries with similar contexts.  

Read the full series below and join in the conversation on social media by using #CommonwealthSaysNOMORE.

16 Days of Actions: Full blog series


Commonwealth Secretary-General: Take a stand for no more violence against women and girls


More women in leadership means more sustainable and inclusive development


How climate finance can address violence against women and girls


We need ‘one-stop’ crisis centres to rescue women trapped in cycles of abuse


COVID puts women in tourism-dependent economies at more risk of violence, but it can stop


Ending violence against women and girls can add trillions to economy


World AIDS Day: Eliminating triple threat of HIV, gender-based violence and cervical cancer


New Zealand is first in Commonwealth to grant paid domestic violence leave - other countries should follow suit


‘Time’s up’ – Countries should reform laws that discriminate against women


Justice system should not fail in protecting victims of gender-based violence


Trivialising misogyny in terrorism is dangerous but tackling gender assumptions can prevent violent extremism


Employers creating safe spaces to prevent harassment at work


Engaging men and boys to end gender-based violence


How sport can fight gender-based violence


How young people are leading the march towards peace and security


Samoa’s response to violence against women and girls can guide other countries